Comings & Goings: Raising Cane’s opens in Orland Park

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By Bob Bong Raising Cane’s chicken restaurant opened the doors to its Orland Park location on Tuesday and it was an immediate hit. The restaurant was the first to open at 15011 S. LaGrange Road. It’s one of the restaurants going up on the former site of Toys R Us. It will feature indoor dining…

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Another south suburban 5 Guys closes

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Another 5 Guys Burgers and Fries has closed its doors for the last time in the south suburbs. The location at 15840 S. Harlem Ave. in Orland Park (in a former Ginos East pizzeria) closed at the beginning of August. No reason was given for the closing in the plaza that hosts a massive Home…

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Comings & Goings: Bakers Square closes last south suburban location

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Bakers Square, which once had several locations in the Chicago marketplace, has closed its last south suburban location, in Orland Park. Last year, before the pandemic hit, the chain closed without warning all but one of its south suburban locations from Lansing to Orland Park. Locations closed include 3545 Ridge Road in Lansing, 4839 W.…

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Dick’s Sporting Goods to open Friday at Chicago Ridge Mall

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By Bob Bong Dick’s Sporting Goods will open its newest Chicago-area store this week in the lower level of the former Carson’s store at Chicago Ridge Mall. “I think they will do gangbusters,” said Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar. He said the grand opening ribbon cutting at 9800 S. Ridgeland Ave. will be at 9…

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Disney Store closing at Chicago Ridge Mall

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By Bob Bong Walt Disney Co. will be closing its Disney Store inside Chicago Ridge Mall on or before August 18. The company announced in March it would be closing more than 60 of its brick-and-mortar locations to focus on its online business, which is about a third of its retail stores. All store merchandise…

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Comings & Goings: BETA wrestling academy opens in Justice

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By Bob Bong Joe Phelan has been coaching wrestling in the southwest suburbs for about 30 years. He started with the Badgers Wrestling Club at Argo High School and has been involved one way or another ever since. A month ago, Phelan dipped into his savings to open Beast Elite Training Academy at 7750 S.…

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Comings & Goings: Cannabis store opens in Chicago Ridge

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By Bob Bong Ascend Wellness Holdings has opened its second Illinois cannabis dispensary in Chicago Ridge. Ascend by Midway – Chicago Ridge opened at 9820 S. Ridgeland Ave. in a former Pier 1 store that closed last year when the chain went out of business. Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar, who was just re-elected, was…

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Comings & Goings: 5 Guys closes in Chicago Ridge

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By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge Mall, which is losing its Sears anchor store by the end of April, has also lost one of its many food outlets with the recent closing of 5 Guys gourmet hamburgers. The company did not respond to requests for information, and Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar said he didn’t know…

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